Gen 3 Law Tactical Folding Buffer Tube Adapter Update

Law Tactical makes my favorite firearm accessory — the Law folding buffer tube adapter. I own a Gen 2 model, and thanks to it I can carry my 6.75″ .300 Blackout pistol in my backpack.

I knew that the 3rd generation of the Law adapter was coming out, but release details were slim.

Last week I communicated with Zach Law, owner of Law Tactical. He stated that the dealer pre-orders were going to ship at the end of July. They’ve already sold out of their first dealer run, and they are taking a second run of dealer pre-orders.

After the first wave of dealer orders ship, the Gen 3 Law adapter will be available for general sale on the Web site.

I am really looking forward to evaluating the Gen 3 adapter.

There are a ton of new features and improvements. The adapter will feature a lower profile so that there is extra room for your hand when running an oversized / aftermarket charging handle. I have never had a problem being able to run the handle, but I have scraped my hand a few times.

Every Law adapter requires the use of a bolt carrier group (BCG) extension. This is to accommodate the extra length added to the buffer tube due to the adapter. My Gen 2’s extension attaches via a flange widened by a flat head bolt. The Gen 3 will have a tool-less way to attach the extension to the BCG, and I think this is a cool improvement.


No information yet on retail pricing or if orders will ship right away when the general public can order directly from Law.

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Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.
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  1. Adam says:

    I’m hoping that just the extension plug week be available on its own for gen 2 owners.

  2. nDjinn says:

    Do you seriously like this? Are you training from starting with the gun folded an in your pack? What’s the time like to go from walk in the park with folded pistol in pack to bad guy in the sight picture. I have thought about one, but don’t know anyone that has one. What you are running is obviously a good application for such a thing.

    • Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd says:

      It’s my #1 recommended AR15 accessory, even if you don’t intend to bag carry.

      In regards to engaging with a bag gun, check out this post:

      With a locked bag and under duress, my deployment time from the time the bag leaves my shoulder to the time I am putting rounds on target is between 10 – 30 seconds during training.

      An unlocked bag makes this MUCH faster, check out this video of people deploying my AK47 SBR during a Dozier drill. Note that most of these students had never touched the rifle or the bag until their turn at the line:

    • B R Kurtz B R Kurtz says:

      I think you’re missing the point, if you need an immediate weapon, then a rifle in your pack is probably not the one you want to be reaching for, even if it doesn’t require “un-folding” the buffer tube OR stock.

      First consider what rifle-esque weapon you would or could reasonably carry, that doesn’t require some sort of un-folding or manipulation to put it into shooting condition–not to mention chambering a round. Even a folding stock AK, still requires the stock to be “opened” and a round chambered.

      Next for the folding stock weapons that “can” be fired while the stock is folded, aren’t they really just big clumsy pistols at that point and even the MP5K requires the sling to be in position for its “stockless stock”.

      While Law Tactical does not recommend firing with the buffer folded, they have said that its “could” be done (once) and without damage to the weapon. I would suspect there to be some damage somewhere, perhaps limited to the unit, and would strongly advise against it; but the manufacturer does say its “possible”…

      The Law Tac unit very much is a specialized accessory, some may not need it nor even see its value; but to those that do, it is invaluable. I have carried a AR pistol in a NOVESKE back pack designed for this purpose. I tried to tell myself it didn’t look out of place, and in point of fact no one noticed; but that’s more likely the result of clueless crowds one step above zombies, than the pack. Its just too long for the mall–it looks fine in the woods; but odd in public. Conversely, a Law Tac unit makes a typical school book bag a carry option. As Im typing this Im wondering why I only have one???

      I was trained on the original M16s, and as such learned the two finger “hook” for manipulating the charging handle. That worked fine until I found the extended charging handles. When I began using them, suddenly my weapons handling changed. I could charge the weapon by “slapping” the charging handle with my left palm, a sort of mirror of the AK “rack”. My Gen II Law Tac unit forced me to go back to the “hook”. It wasn’t a huge price to pay; BUT I look forward to the Gen III’s.


  3. P. Wolfe says:

    Does the extra mass imparted by the carrier extension change cycling dynamics at all? Could it cause short stroking with suppressed 300BLK loads?

    • Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd says:

      I’m not sure. Hopefully someone who can own a suppressor (we can’t in Minnesota) who also has a Law Adapter will answer your question.

      • P. Wolfe says:

        This baffles me (that’s a masterful suppressor pun).

        All they do is make it so you don’t experience hearing loss. THAT’S IT. Who would make this illegal? Hell, in Norway it’s frowned upon if you go hunting and don’t use one.

        • J.C. says:

          People who don’t understand what a silencer does are the ones who make the laws. And why do they make the laws? Heck if I know.

          Most states in the U.S. allow the ownership by private individuals. Minnesota is unfortunately doesn’t. I live in North Dakota so I can.

    • J.C. says:

      I can answer this one or at least provide my perspective.

      The mass of the carrier extension doesn’t change any of the cycling aspects of my 300 BLK, , shooting both supersonic and subsonic suppressed and unsuppressed. I don’t believe I’ve had any short stroking issues ever.

      I don’t know the actual weight of the carrier extension, but it’s pretty negligible.

      • Derek Babcock says:

        I have a custom 6.8 SPC *pistol* (LWRC SRT 10.5″ upper) on a POF-USA stripped lower, with various other attachments, now including the LAW Gen3-M. After I got the adapter installed, but before I shot it, I tried just dry-cycling some rounds through it as a function test. The bolt strangely enough, didn’t want to fully close without using the forward assist. That had NEVER happened before. I tried feeding a bunch of rounds through and had a lot of issues. I thought it might have something to do with some of the tolerances, and figured it might just need some “smoothing out”… maybe after firing a few rounds through it, things would “break-in” and I’d be good to go. But when I started shooting, I was definitely having short-stroking, failure to extract, failure to feed issues that I had never seen even a hint of before. I was using Hornady 110gr V-MAX, Remington 115gr OTM, and Federal American Eagle 115gr FMJ. It didn’t matter which brand they all exhibited the same feeding issues. But I think I have a good guess on the issue. I wondered if the changes had made it somehow prone to “limp-wristing”. When I REALLY gripped the heck out of it and braced my elbows on the bench, the problem all but went away. Which is to say that it didn’t really go away, it was just mitigated. I used to be able to shoot relatively quick (at least one shot per second) standing, off-hand, and make a 10 inch steel plate at 200 yards ring with almost every shot. Now, if I didn’t really concentrate on gripping the holy hell out of it with both my left hand on the forearm, and my right hand on the pistol grip, it would fail in some way.
        The specs from LAW Tactical says that the bolt carrier extension weighs 2 ounces. It doesn’t sound like much, but when the difference between an H, H2, and H3 buffers (Colt) are 3.8, 4.6. and 5.4 ounces respectively… and I seem to think (I don’t have it with me at the moment) that I’m using an H3 buffer. That slight increase in equivalent carrier mass, together with the weight of the H3 buffer may make just enough difference. I’ll have to double check my buffer as soon as I get a chance. I think that I might have a lighter weight buffer lying around someplace.

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